First published in 363 AD., this is possibly the most censored book in history. Christian Church Father Cyril of Alexandria called it the most dangerous book ever written and it was burned by official edict of the Christian emperor Justinian in 592 AD.
When its author, Julian the Apostate (Flavius Claudius Julianus Augustus, Emperor of Rome 361—363 A.D.)took up the throne, he reversed the laws making Christianity the Empire’s official religion and produced this work refuting the major principles of that religion.
Using logic and satire, Julian pointed out the Hebrew origins of the religion, its inherent contradictions and its inversion of classical Hellenic and Roman thought patterns.
As a result, he was given the title “Apostate” (from the Greek apostasia, the formal renunciation of a religion) by Christian historians.
The book was suppressed after Julian’s death in battle the same year it was published, and the last copies were burned by order of Justinian two hundred years later. What remains of Julian’s work—captured in these pages—has been reconstructed out of Churchmen’s attempts to refute the last pagan emperor of Rome.
It is, I think, expedient to set forth to all mankind the reasons by which I was convinced that the fabrication of the Galilaeans is a fiction of men composed by wickedness. For they have not accepted a single admirable or important doctrine of those that are held either by us Hellenes or by the Hebrews who derived them from Moses; but from both religions they have gathered what has been engrafted like powers of evil, as it were, on these nations—atheism from the Jewish levity, and a sordid and slovenly way of living from our indolence and vulgarity; and they desire that this should be called the noblest worship of the gods.— Flavius Claudius Julianus Augustus, Emperor of Rome 361—363 A.D.
Julianus Apostata: Emperor of Rome (361-363 AD) Biographical Sketch
Man Possesses Knowledge of God by Nature; Hellenic Myths; Jewish Myths Compared with Pagan Ideas; Christianity Denies Humans the Ability to Distinguish Right from Wrong; Plato versus Moses; Bible Does Not Say God Created Earth; Hebrew God Only for Jews; Paul’s Contradictions about Jews’ Chosen Status; Jesus Sent Only to the Jews, not the Gentiles; Paganism’s Concept of the Creator; Why are Races Different?; Homer, Moses, and the Confounding of Men’s Languages; Differences in Culture between Nations; Moses Claims Hebrew God is Wiser than all Other Gods; Nature at Variance with Christian God; The Ten Commandments Analyzed; Hebrew God says He is Jealous—But Condemns Men for Being Jealous; Hebrew Concept of Revenge Different from Non-Jews; Hebrews Contributed Nothing of Value to Culture, even Though they Claim to be Chosen by their God; The Most Wicked Pagans are not as Bad as the Hebrew God’s Vengeance; The Foolish Cult of Worship of the “Corpse of the Jew”; Emptiness of Hebrew Religious Heritage—Except for Savage Barbarity; Christians Emulate “Rages and Bitterness of the Jews”; Why Desert our Gods for the Jews?; No Alexanders or Caesars among the Hebrews; No Hebrew Culture or Arts; The Downgrading Effect of Hebrew Philosophy versus the Uplifting Effect of Hellenic and Roman Writing; Hebrew Writings not Divine; Non-Christians Have Superior Science, Art and Culture; Christianity “Compounds Rashness of the Jews and the Vulgarity of the Gentiles”; Implausibility of Jesus’ Divinity; One God or Many?; Further Contradictions of Moses; Bible says Israel, not Jesus, is “God’s Firstborn Son”; Bible Demands Burnt Sacrifices But Christians Refuse to Obey; Christians also Disobey Biblical Dietary Laws; Hebrew Laws Change at Will; John was the First to Call Jesus God, not the Bible; Why do Christians Grovel at Tombs?; Christian God Disapproves of the Division of the Sacrifice; Circumcision is Part of the Hebrew Heritage, Not of Others; Shooting Stars and Birds: The Necromancy of Moses;
Book II: Fragments
“End Times Signs” Always Here; Moses and Jesus; Jesus in the Wilderness and in the City; No-one Else Saw Jesus and the Angel; Ridiculous and Impossible Advice to “Sell All You Have”; Jesus was Supposed to Take Away Sin, but Sin has Increased; Simplicity of Believing Gentiles Mocked by Matthew.
Julian (331–363), also known as Julian the Apostate, was Roman Emperor from 361 to 363. Julian became Caesar over the western provinces in 355, and in 360, was proclaimed Augustus by his soldiers at Lutetia (Paris), and was named as such by Emperor Constantius as successor. As the last non-Christian Emperor, he sought to restore the Empire’s ancient Roman values and traditions, and part of this was the revival of traditional Roman religious practices. His rejection of Christianity caused him to be remembered as “Julian the Apostate” by the church. He died after being mortally wounded during a military campaign against the Sassanid Empire in what is today Iraq.